Within the last year I’ve traveled to both Memphis and New Orleans, the cities I refer to as “My Mistresses.” Although I have performed music in both places, when I “play Memphis” or “play New Orleans,” I really do “play,” onstage and off. Throughout my life I have lived what I call dangerously close to each city and spend just enough time with each for them to remain seductively attractive.
I’ve gotten to know these mistresses pretty well and I never tire of visiting them. I’ll keep going back as long as they’ll have me.
I’ll let the lyrics of the song I wrote about My Mistresses tell the story, along with these photos. Click here to listen to My Mistresses or read the lyrics and view photos below.My Mistresses I’ve always lived a quiet life, an upright faithful guy But I’ve been blessed with one peculiar wandering eye If you know me well, you know what I can’t refuse A lady who can make me laugh or sing me the blues I can’t resist ‘em and I’ll never kiss ‘em goodbye My Mistresses are Memphis and New Orleans I’m just like other Mississippi men I know I can’t have either one forever But I gotta have ‘em every now and then Sophisticated sirens are tugging at my arm One has a Cajun accent and they both have Southern charm One’s as soft as cotton; one’s Louisiana spice One offers me a julep; one says, “Red beans and rice?” They’re getting to me and I know they’ll do me right My Mistresses are Memphis and New Orleans I’m just like other Mississippi men I know I can’t have either one forever But I gotta have ‘em every now and then They both live on the river And they both will take me in Anytime that I may be inclined
Neither one is jealous and I really do regret
That I can’t be with them both at the same time Now this tale of two cities might wear another down; But best of times or worst of times, I’ll still be comin’ ‘round That high-toned Southern Lady and that Creole-French coquette They both know how to lure me and I’m bound to see ‘em, yet When they call me back, Son, I’m leavin’ Jackson, you bet My Mistresses are Memphis and New Orleans I’m just like other Mississippi men I know I can’t have either one forever But I gotta have ‘em every now and then
Learn More about Les at www.leskerr.comText and photos copyright 2012 by Les Kerr My Mistresses copyright 1998 Les Kerr (ASCAP); Published by O.N.U. Music (ASCAP)